Seminar will focus on farm succession

GARDEN CITY – K-State Research and Extension will hold a “Planning for the Future: Who gets the farm?” seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Clarion Inn in Garden City. The seminar will be hosted by Finney County Extension, Scott County Extension, Wichita County Extension and Gray County Extension.

Speakers include: Dr. Ron Hanson, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Debra Bolton; Gordon Dowel; and Kevin Herbel.

The costs are $40 per person, which includes handouts; additional family and/or students are $20 per person. Additional handouts are $10 each. Registrations must be received by Jan. 25. Late registrations (after Jan. 25) are $50.

For more details, contact the Finney County Extension office at 501 S. 9th St., Garden City, KS 67846; call (620) 272-3670 or email coltrain@ksu.edu.

Gavilon acquires elevator in Silica

Gavilon Grain announced it has acquired a 981,000-bushel grain facility in Silica. The Silica elevator primarily handles wheat, corn, milo and soybeans, with 60-car shipping capabilities on the Kansas-Oklahoma railroad.

“Kansas grain continues to drive demand by our commercial food industry customers that want high-quality wheat,” said Mike Barrett, regional vice president of North American Grain. “We look forward to extending our storage, marketing, cross-country trading and risk management capabilities offered in Wichita and Abilene to our customers and producers in central Kansas. Our local expertise is backed by Gavilon’s strong global network.”

The Silica facility is Gavilon’s third grain elevator in Kansas, located 100 miles southwest of its shuttle facility in Abilene and 100 miles northwest of the company’s largest grain elevator in Wichita.

For information about Silica cash bids or other business inquiries, call Neil Schwemmer, area manager, at (316) 522-4871.

Gavilon is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, and employs 2,000 people at nearly 300 facilities and offices worldwide. For more details, visit www.gavilon.com.

Sponsor of 3i Show awards scholarships

DODGE CITY – The Western Kansas Manufacturers Association, sponsor of the 3i Show, awarded scholarships to students for the 2014-2015 school year.

The scholarships are for freshman students who are residents of western Kansas, have graduated from a western Kansas high school and are U.S. citizens. Preference is given to students enrolling in industrial engineering, pre-engineering or business administration.

Winners are: Eduardo Martinez, a Dodge City High School graduate, $500 scholarship at Barton Community College; Edward F. Castillo, a Dodge City High School graduate, $500 scholarship at Dodge City Community College; Steven Fisher, a Scott Community High School graduate, $500 scholarship at Northwest Kansas Technical College; Brady Graves, a Liberal High School graduate, $500 scholarship at Seward County Community College/ATS; Martin Gough, a Scott Community High School graduate, $700 scholarship at Fort Hays State University; Jeffery Bogner, a Garden City High School graduate, $700 scholarship at Kansas State University; and Jeffrey Richmeier, a Thomas More Prep High School graduate, $700 scholarship at the University of Kansas.

Scholarships are still available at Colby Community College, Garden City Community College and North Central Kansas Technical College.

Scholarships are funded by the annual 3i Show belt-buckle sales. Visit http://3ishow.com/3ishow/merchandise for ordering information.

State fair honors ranching families

The Kansas State Fair Supreme Drive was the backdrop for the Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation Wall of Honor Awards. The Wall of Honor is a program managed by the Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation to recognize Kansas ranching families. Recipients are recognized on the Wall of Honor, located in the Prairie Pavilion.

Standing on the green chips to receive this honor was Jim Houck. Houck is described by some as the epitome of the American cowboy. A man full of never-ending wisdom, he is quick to share his many wild adventures with anyone who will listen.

Houck’s ranch, Rock Creek Ranch in Allen, started out as a small operation with roughly 600 acres. Today Jim, his wife, Jean, and son Jeff manage nearly 3,500 acres of prime pasture in the Flint Hills and several hundred head of Simmental and commercial cows.

“The foundation identifies individuals who are leaders within the industry and have displayed characteristics that are above reproach,” said Pat Koons, Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation Wall of Honor chairman.

The mission of the Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation is to raise funds for the renovation, preservation and beautification of the historical Kansas State Fairgrounds.

Servi-Tech names a new president, CEO

Servi-Tech is pleased to begin a new era of making the planet more productive with its announcement of Greg Ruehle as the new president and CEO.

Ruehle will begin his position in January after the retirement of Mitch Counce, who has served as president and CEO since 1992.

“I am thrilled to be joining Servi-Tech, a company that I believe is uniquely positioned to provide leadership to agriculture now and into the future,” Ruehle said. “As an expert in agronomy, lab analysis and precision agriculture, Servi-Tech fills a growing need for unbiased data and advice.”

Ruehle was raised on a diversified, family-owned grain and livestock farm in northwest Iowa and still provides management oversight today on behalf of his family. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University’s Ranch Management Program and has a degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University.

He has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience, including with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Washington, D.C.; Nebraska Cattlemen; and the American Shorthorn Association. Ruehle comes to Servi-Tech from the Independent Professional Seed Association, where he has served as chief executive officer since 2005.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Greg’s caliber carry on the outstanding leadership that Mitch Counce has provided since 1992,” read the statement.

Servi-Tech, the country’s largest agronomic firm, was organized in 1975 by three farmer-owned cooperatives to provide technical service for agricultural producers in southwest Kansas. Today, Servi-Tech provides consulting to about 2,000 farmers across seven states and over 1 million acres. Servi-Tech Laboratories has agricultural customers in all 50 states and over six countries.